Lacking Natural Simplicity

Random musings on books, code, and tabletop games.

Recent Reading; Templating Not Useful

Recent Reading

  • Dead as a Doornail, by Charlaine Harris, copyright 2005 by Charlaine Harris Schulz; Ace/The Berkley Publishing Group/Penguin Group (USA) Inc., May 2005. I like Harris and Hamilton the best of the books I've read in this genre. Hamilton is perhaps a little more intense, but Harris is perhaps a little more moving. I'll have to check out Harris's Shakespeare novels, set in rural Arkansas, and her new series starting with Grave Sight.

  • Shakespeare's Landlord, by Charlaine Harris, copyright 1996; Dell/Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Inc., August 1997. Ok, it's later, and I have checked out Harris's Shakespeare series, and so far it is good.

Templating Not Useful

I was thinking about templating in web frameworks, and went back to reread Avi Bryant's Where are the templates? where he explains why Seaside doesn't have a default templating system, and I have to agree that templating doesn't seem like the best solution.

Recent Reading

  • Forge of Heaven, by C.J. Cherryh, copyright 2004; Eos/HarperCollins, July 2005. This is the sequel to Hammerfall, and I gather that the series is now known as The Gene Wars. Interesting. I'm looking forward to reading more in this series.

  • Dragonspell, by Donita K. Paul; WaterBrook Press/Random House, Inc., 2004. Too much overt preaching. Would this have annoyed me when I was a youngster? I'll have to reread the Narnia books and see if they annoy me now.

Recent Reading

  • Bite; Jove Books/The Berkley Publishing Group/Penguin Group (USA) Inc; January 2005.

    • “The Girl Who Was Infatuated with Death”, by Laurell K. Hamilton, copyright 2005.

    • “One Word Answer”, by Charlaine Harris, copyright 2005.

    • “Biting in Plain Sight”, by MaryJanice Davidson, copyright 2005. I've still not read a book by Davidson, just this story and another in the anthology Cravings, but they were ok.

    • “Galahad”, by Angela Knight, copyright 2005 by Julie Woodcock. Not to my taste.

    • “Blood Lust”, by Vickie Taylor, copyright 2005 by Vickie Spears. Also not really to my taste.

  • Dead to the World, by Charlaine Harris, copyright 2004 by Charlaine Harris Shulz; Ace Books/Berkley Publishing Group/Penguin Group (USA) Inc., May 2004. This, on the other hand, was very much to my taste.

  • Storm Front, by Jim Butcher; ROC/New American Library/Penguin Putnam Inc., April 2000. My copy is from the 7th printing. This is the 1st book in the series The Dresden Files, which looks like it ought to be entertaining; I somehow completely missed it the first time through, so now I'll have to try and find the rest.

  • Dead Witch Walking, by Kim Harrison; HarperTorch/HarperCollins, May 2004. My copy is from the 8th printing. Also good.

  • The Awakening, by L.A. Banks; copyright 2003 by Leslie Esdaile; St. Martin's Griffin, January 2004. This is the 2nd book of the Vampire Huntress series, and it's readable, but I'd put it a couple of ranks below Hamilton, Harris, Butcher, and Harrison. The first book is Minion.

emacs; Lisp

Monday, 22 August 2005

emacs, oh wonderful emacs

While back Daniel Barlow explained why emacs is the best desktop environment he has used. I agree: emacs is the best desktop environment I've used, too. (Forth, Lisp Machine and Smalltalk users may be able to say different with reason, but few others.)

Lisp is small

These days, a full blow Common Lisp is a relatively small application: Starting CLISP to evaluate an expression takes only 2.5 times as many system calls as it takes ls to list a single file.